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Potential engineering students make a big splash with South West Water

For the fifth successive year, the Design and Technology Department have been fortunate enough to continue their working relationship with The Makepeice Trust and South West water in order to host an ‘engineering’ challenge day.

The Makepeice Trust is a charitable organisation that promote science, technology, engineering and mathematicss through school/college based activities, seminars and residential events in order to raise the profile of careers within this field.

South West Water provided the financial support to run and resource the event as well as providing technical assistance on the day.

On this occasion, thirty six Year 8 students participated in a team activity designed to simulate a real world engineering problem. The students were presented with a brief to design and model a hydraulic system that would simulate the removal of fat balls and debris commonly found in sewer pipes. A problem that South West Water deal with as a regular occurrence and costing thousands of pounds to rectify. With technical assistance from the sponsors engineering graduate on hand, the students were soon able to test and present their solutions to the problem.

The final products were judged by The Makepeice Trust Education Officer, and the Head of Programme Performance & Support Services for South West Water. The judges considered the technical presentation of the teams, the overall function of the product and the final costs before nominating the winning team.